Let’s talk about manipulation and perception or better yet – manipulating perception. If you were going to plan it, the first thing you want to do to get elected to a position of authority is to get yourself on some committees and boards. The more you look like you’re involved the better. Your community support can’t be disputed if you’ve “served” again and again. To cast a favorable light on your character – sign up to be a lunch buddy or a reading buddy at your local elementary school. Of course that’s the perception you want to create. Also, joining boards and committees garners support from these entities when the time comes to make your move, so you’ll want to plan a couple of years in advance to be taken seriously.
Motive? – to move up the authority ladder.
Purpose? – to gain power, influence and notoriety – you get to make the decisions.
Outcome? – gain public trust.
I’ve heard a general statement from a couple of individuals – the Brown’s do or have done a lot for the community. I just read this in an article written by Tran, titled “On Mike Gunter and the Silent Majority. The history of Brown vs Gunter” What have the Brown’s actually done for the community? Can anybody give me some specifics that can’t be seen as propelling their stead in the community for the benefit of themselves, friends and family members?
Gunter ran against a coalition, not Brown
I understood they (Brown’s, along with their cohorts) built an alliance to promote their agenda, they organized a whole coalition to gain the majority vote for their agenda, I’m pretty sure one thing on their agenda was to get Guetschow elected (both times), as was Michigan Main Street. How else would you characterize a seemingly constant reincarnation of one committee that had an equal number of shifts in focus? Namely (pun intended);
- Infrastructure and Sustainability Committee
- Friends of Historic Blissfield
- Blissfield Community Development Committee
- Area Blissfield Community Development Committee
- Revitalization Committee
- Economic Development Committee
- Community Service Committee
- A.B.C.D Committee
I don’t know whether to include the defunct Chamber of Commerce and “Blissfield Center for the Arts” or not. Was the network controlling/trying to control these as well and worked their extinction magic? It’s no secret Kay wanted Blissfield to wake up one day and be an “Art Town”. You can bet if Kay Brown is involved then George Brown is right there supporting or directing her actions. Not that I’ve got anything against art or artists, I appreciate art, I’m artistic and creative. It’s just not something you can or should force.
This is an opportunity to point out Kay Brown’s and Andrea Cueto’s bits written in the advance just prior to the election. While they painted their network cabal as innocently baking cookies and planting flowers they also proudly admitted to serving food at their meetings. Serving food at meetings that were “open to the public” as they have written, is entirely against the law without permits. The same laws they have disregarded time and time again. Even after they were approached and reprimanded by the Lenawee County Department of Health, they claimed and defended their actions in the paper. I don’t know what the rest of Blissfield thinks, I’m pretty nervous about a group that thinks they’re above the law.
We don’t need more laws or for the existing laws to be better defined. Everyday American people need to start pushing for their rights and demand enforcement. Legislators and
leaders should be held to higher standards, not lower ones. When guilty parties minimize their crimes or deny them publicly; they should be punished for deliberately misleading the public too. Zero tolerance for corruption, that’s what I call standing up.
The Silent Majority
In his article, Tran couldn’t grasp the concept of a ‘silent majority’. The silent majority was a sleeping giant that awoke and spoke out en mass as the Tea Party on a national level. The silent majority is still alive and well in Blissfield. A majority that doesn’t often voice their opinion publicly doesn’t mean they’re void of opinions. Alternatively, someone standing up against a network or against what they believe is wrong shouldn’t be ridiculed as a squeaky wheel or as Kay Brown’s chosen phrase – an empty can makes the most noise (
lovingly derived from caring for our elderly). Ridicule and opinion, that sounds like another post – later. Anyway, gee Tran – only two choices – and they happen to be on opposite ends of the spectrum to each other. You’re either a squeaky wheel or you’re a silent majority, there’s nothing in between?
The overwhelming majority who attends council meetings is the ‘network’, knowing this – how democratic is it to take a vote by a show of hands at a council meeting? Or even select councilmen (including Brown) attempt to portray me as “much ado about nothing” at the open hearing about 5 grants – how representative is it to ask if anybody else from the audience has applied for and been turned down for a grant (as if all business owners where in the room)? Although, Tran misreported this, he claimed in the paper that nobody raised their hand. I gave him the benefit of the doubt and emailed him with a chance to correct himself. He had the tape, he was at the meeting, he had the memory refresh – someone did raise their hand and even walked to the podium and spoke. Tran chose the perception he was going to leave the readers with; he did nothing further to correct it.
According to Tran,
“The Browns are good people who’ve taken a lot of silly abuse from people who are quick to sling mud and innuendo. Gunter and the Browns have a long history of selfless public service.”
Is Tran intimating I, or anybody else that have taken issue with Brown behavior has been fooling themselves about the difference between Gunter’s selfless service and the Brown’s self-service?
Were the frowns I met really just smiles turned upside down?
I may have deserved everything I got from the group. After all, I did go to meetings offering a conservative perspective about self-sufficiency, making their events more productive and prompting discussion about other issues. I can see why they were so taken aback and took such drastic measures to oust me. I don’t know what their narrative of the story is but I’m pretty much betting it doesn’t sound anything like that.
I guess what Tran is really saying, just like his ghosts that don’t exist;
The 5 grants were a figment of an over active imagination. I’ve wasted all this time and effort to stand up against a phantom menace to society. I’ve been trying to motivate a community to attend council meetings and witness for themselves that everything is proper and perfectly blissful in Blissfield. I also never identified any misbehavior that should be condemned, I really only hinted that something might be amiss and directed it willy-nilly at the Brown’s for no apparent reason.
This would also mean there’s absolutely no possibility that Tran was befriended by the Browns for any other purpose than to give him fudge, flowers and hugs. There’s probably no mutual benefit for an alliance between councilmembers (and their cabals) and our local newspaper.
That could be it, or…
If alternate realities are what we’re looking at. Instead of a cabal protecting an unsavory scheme against myself and the community, another near perfect alternate
explanation would be that I simply encountered a highly disorganized group, composed of really stupid individuals that didn’t have a clue how to get something done or what working with other people even looked like. They could have perhaps just had some dumb luck.
What was it, really stupid or scheming?
The only fantasy part here was my assumption the “F” group was a community driven group to better Blissfield and encourage community pride and participation. This is me – refusing to stick my head in the sand and pretend all is well and believe something just because they say it’s so. I instead, watch what they do.
If our local paper cannot deliver impartial news, they are in violation of the intent of our Constitution. They were granted “Freedom of the Press” because they were supposed to be the watchdogs for the people as oversight on the government. Our local paper has been biased through alliances and has been feeding us fiction with our weekly news. Although not required to do their job properly, we are left with the task of disseminating the ambiguity for the purpose of separating the facts from opinion.
Manipulating perception = deception.
Photographer: Salvatore Vuono